Columbus Food Oasis providing healthy food options to people

Columbus Food Oasis providing healthy food options to people
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Healthier food is on the minds and dinner plates of people all across the country.

Tuesday, Alabama Governor, Kay Ivey announced a $78,000 grant to fund a mobile pantry delivering fresh produce and healthy foods to communities and neighborhoods.

In Columbus, they are developing its own version of healthy eating options.

Georgia Organics officially launched the Columbus branch of Columbus Food Oasis in 2015, but new gardens, partnerships, and events are opening new doors.

"What you see is the fruits of the labor we have been doing since about February this year," said Columbus Food Oasis Ambassador for Georgia Organics, Sharaya Davis.

At Elijah's Farms, a creation of Davis and dozens of other individuals, over 27 varieties of vegetables can be found in the newly planted garden.

A small gardening venture Davis hopes will make healthier eating options a norm for many local families.

"Our vision for this farm is to not only grow good food but to inspire others to start growing as well," said Davis.

With the help and direction of Georgia Organics, the local chapter of Columbus Food Oasis is working to make fresh produce and gardening a reality with the help of new events and partnerships.

"Potluck and Pitch is one event that we do, it's a semi-annual event and it's geared towards supporting and funding local entrepreneurs who want to improve access to local healthy food," said Davis.

A slow, but growing process Davis believes will soon catch on.

"I have seen it grow. Especially as of late, I believe, really getting into our local food scene, and seeing people turn on to the idea of growing and eating better, it's definitely progressing, and it's perfect for Columbus," said Davis.

Food Oasis Ambassadors work alongside organizations in the community to donate the food to local groups, non-profits, and people who do not have access to fresh produce.

There are currently 14 local farms and gardens in Columbus and surrounding areas.

The Potluck and Pitch event is will be returning to the Columbus area for the third time June 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Five finalists have been chosen to compete. The event will be held at the W.C. Bradley Museum.

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